Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors

Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors is an evidenced-based leadership and advocacy curriculum for Latino parents with children ages 0-5. The program was designed in partnership with Latino parents to incorporate their values, concerns, and culture into the curriculum. The program promotes school readiness, family well-being, and advocacy by addressing the following practices:

Brain development, key aspects of early childhood development (cognitive, language, physical, and social/emotional), early literacy, numeracy, bilingualism, health, attendance, civic engagement, parent leadership, goal setting, and planning for family success.

The class will be led by Maritza Beltran, of the Lower Columbia Hispanic Council. For more information call:
Lower Columbia Hispanic Council: 503-325-4547

Sponsored by: Northwest Parenting, Lower Columbia Hispanic Council, and Seaside School District.


Juntos (meaning “together” in Spanish) works to empowers families around education. Uniting with community partners to provide culturally relevant programming for 8-12th grade students and their parents, Juntos is designed to provide families with knowledge, skills, and resources to prevent youth from dropping out of high school, and to encourage families to work together to gain access to college.

Juntos recently began a new partnership with the Lower Columbia Hispanic Council and Clatsop Community College in Seaside High School and will be expanding to Astoria/Warrenton in the near future.

Juntos started in 2007 at North Carolina State University (NCSU). In 2012 Oregon State University brought the program to Oregon communities and Latino families to come together as a support group especially designed to motivate students to continue their education after graduating from High School.

The current Juntos program includes:

  • Curriculum: 6-weeks workshop series with family involvement
  • Family follow-up sessions: monthly workshops, events and activities
  • Afterschool Clubs: Academic success, community service, college applications, financial aid, leadership development, and cultural activities.
  • College visits: summer camps and college/program connections.

For more information, contact us at (503) 325-4547.

National Institute for Adult Education (INEA for Spanish acronym)

During the time that the Hispanic Council team has worked in the Lower Columbia, they realized that there was a great need to provide opportunities in adult education. Seeing community member’s interest and commitment in advancing their education, we felt committed in continuing expanding educational opportunities for adults. As a result, in February 2016, the first study group of the National Institute for Adult Education (INEA for Spanish acronym) program was formed in Astoria. Our purpose is to continue to encourage more people to become part of this group and to let them know that it is possible to complete their studies. INEA may be the first step for many people who are aiming to get their GED.

The National Institute for Adult Education (INEA for Spanish acronym) is a program that offers free education for adults at elementary school and junior high school levels through Community Squares (institutions or organizations that offer the program) in different cities of the United States in coordination with the Mexican Consulate. INEA provides books and instructional materials online, so Mexican or Latin American adults who live in the United States can continue studies that were interrupted while residing in their country of origin.

Thanks to INEA, adults who never learned how to read or write now have the opportunity to learn. Even those who finished elementary school but did not get their high school diploma will have the possibility to process it through this plan of study. This may be the first step for those seeking to obtain a GED certificate in the United States.

Classes are Mondays and Wednesdays from 6pm-8pm at the Hispanic Council office.